I see the post below where someone was having troubles with modifying colors, but I wasn't sure this was the same thing.. My company has never really messed with color libraires, most of our customer drawings are black and white, however we are looking to use the configurator and would like to be able to use our custom colors, and would like to make the quality of those images as high as possible.
Anytime I bring in a model with a custom material it turns generic in the configurator. Is there a way to use custom colors and I'm just doing it wrong, or is this not possible at all? It's pretty much a deal breaker for us.
I guess I should add, I'm making my models in Inventor 2014, I have my custom colors set up, to where they work in Inventor, but there is a good chance they aren't set up properly since this isn't something we have put emphasis on in the past.
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If you're only setting a custom color in an appearance, it should work in Configurator 360 without any extra steps. But if you have a bitmap file (bmp, jpg, png etc.) to define a texture, then it has to be defined in an appearance library. Here's an outline describing how to move an appearance to a library:
- copy the texture bitmap file to the same directory as your part (if it is not already there)
- open the part that contains the custom appearance
- change the appearance of the part to Generic (or another pre-defined appearance)
- start the Tools > Material and Appearance > Appearance command
- click on the folder icon in the bottom left corner and choose Create New Library (see screenshot below)
- once your new library is open, drag the appearance from the part into the library
- if you copied the bitmap file in the first step, edit the appearance and point it to the new location of the bitmap file
- delete the appearance in the part
- on the Appearance drop down list at the top of the Inventor window, change the part appearance to the custom one. It should show up in that list, and now it will be coming from the library.
Make sure your model is working in Inventor with the new appearance.
Include the bitmap file(s) in your upload zip to Configurator 360.
Note that the method above will work only for assembly (and assembly with skeleton part) models. For a part model (single ipt file) you can't include the bitmap file.
Thanks for the quick reply.
I think I've set it up as you said, however I'm still not seeing my images in the Configurator.
My folder hierarchy is as follows:
I then Zip the Parts folder and Assembly.iam together to bring into the configurator.
Do I appear to be doing this all right? If so, what about how I'm showing my colors..?
I have material set to Generic on all the part files. Then the appearance of each part file starts as default.
Then in my ilogic I have:
Finish is a parameter that has a drop down of a list of all my finish options. When I change the parameter via my form within Inventor, the colors all change correctly.
Hopefully I'm just missing something simple!
will only work for the final image in Configurator 360. Before the final image is rendered, you won't see the component color. The final image will usually be rendered a few seconds after you have changed a parameter and stopped moving the mouse.
Do you ever see the correct appearance after you let the model sit for a few seconds?
No, I see what you mean about "Final rendering" though, it starts off as a plain color and then "renders" to a generic color. So I see it finishing, just not to the color/image I want.
I'm not set on using Component.Color("Part1")=Finish I just started using that as part of trying to get it to work. Previously I was using iproperties.material and I was changing the material, with my custom images as material appearances. I don't have a lot of time/work invested in that code right now, so if there is a better/more proper way to do it that will work, I'm all ears!
I'm thinking that your material might not be defined in an Appearance Library. It won't work if it's defined only in the part.
I double checked the procedure you gave me, everything looks fine. I do notice, when I close all the way out of Inventor and get back in, I have to reload the appearance libray. Could this be the problem? Would it have anything to do with project files? I don't use project files/folders correctly.
I think it could have something to do with projects. How do you work with projects in Inventor? Do you use the Default project?
I was using Default, I just tried creating a new project file and added my new material library to the appearance section, it now opens with the file when I cloe and reopen Inventor, but it still doesn't load into Configurator.
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